4129 Shady Drive
Lilburn, GA 30047
Last Revised: May 16, 2023
WHERE IS THE PLAN AVAILABLE?
The Family and Community Engagement Plan and all other Title I information are available on our school’s website at https://www.gcpsk12.org/MinorES under the Title I Section. Families can also find paper copies of this Family and Community Engagement Plan in our Parent Center or by logging into their MyPaymentsPlus accounts.
HOW IS THE PLAN DEVELOPED AND REVISED?
It is reviewed and revised at least annually during the Planning Meeting in the spring. All feedback forms from the Planning Meeting are submitted to the Office of Federal Programs for review. Families who are not able to attend the Planning Meeting have the opportunity to review draft documents and provide input during the draft document review period.
We strive to give information in ways that are both clear and easily understood by parents and families by providing:
- Bilingual support and translation services provided through to the extent possible.
- Multiple ways for families and community to stay informed.
- Providing flexibility for families in scheduling and times for parent meetings or conferences.
- Offering meetings and parent workshops in different formats and at various times of the day.
- Multiple ways for parents to contact their child’s teacher directly.
If you need help to request a teacher meeting or would like additional help regarding your child, please contact:
Anita Hutcheson (PIC) 770-806-2227
Angelica Loper (POL) 770-245-3160
(We can schedule translation services in many languages.)
OUR DISTRICT GOALS
Empathy: Cultural competence, staff and student wellbeing, educator diversity.
Equity: Multi-tiered system of supports, opportunity and access, equitable resource allocation.
Effectiveness: Results-Based evaluation system, talent management, educational return on investment.
Excellence: Preferred education destination, post-secondary and workforce readiness, world-class communication and engagement.
OUR SCHOOL GOALS
We will provide all students with high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to meet high academic standards.
Minor Elementary will work to focus on the 4 strategic priorities that create a sense of belonging for each and every student. Minor Elementary’s blueprint will focus on effective instructional strategies and interventions. We will be connected and responsive to students by providing differentiated instruction. Each and every student will have equitable access and opportunities to reach their full potential by participating in a variety of programs. Minor will use a multi-tiered system of supports to meet the needs of our diverse population. Supportive Community will drive our work to engage all stakeholders.
Teachers at Minor will focus on the foundational early reading skills and comprehension strategies to develop strong and avid readers. We will use the Quality-Plus Teaching Strategies to enhance student learning. Students will have many opportunities to work in a small group setting with their teacher to gain a deeper understanding of the Academic Knowledge and Skills.
WHAT IS A FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN?
It is a plan that describes how our school will provide opportunities to improve family engagement that will support student learning at school and at home. All students and their families are invited and encouraged to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. The school will provide information and as many opportunities as possible for the participation of all family members.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL-FAMILY PROMISE?
It is a written agreement that outlines how the school, the students, and the family will work together to ensure your child’s academic success. An effective School-Family Promise contains the following elements:
- Clear learning goals that are linked to the school’s improvement plan
- Specific skills students will learn during the year
- Strategies that staff, families, and students will use to improve student learning
- Ways to extend learning at home
- Methods teachers and family members will use to communicate about student progress
- Opportunities for family members to observe and participate in the classroom
- Jointly-developed by families, school staff, students, community business partners, and other stakeholders during our Planning Meeting
- Reviewed and revised throughout the year:
- MyPaymentsPlus accounts
- Our school website
- Parent Conferences (fall)
- Parent Workshops and Schoolwide Events
ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING FAMILIES WITH…
- Title I Program Information: Program information is available during the Title I Planning Meeting in the spring and Annual Parent Meetings in the fall, on the school website, and in the Parent Center.
- Curriculum Information: Knowing what your child is learning at school is important. We will keep you informed throughout the year about what your child is learning during parent meetings, conferences, eCLASS, and on our school website.
- Student Progress Monitoring: The Parent Portal is an online resource that allows families to view grades, attendance, schedules, assessment, and your child’s results, course history, and much more. Monitoring your child’s progress in school is an important way to be engaged.
- Parent Resources: We have many resources available for checkout to use at home with your child. We also host several parent workshops to empower you as you work with your child at home.
- Staff Training: We will train our staff to effectively communicate with you. Your input on how we train our staff is valuable.
- Communication: We will communicate, to the extent feasible, all information with you in a language and format you understand. Whenever possible, we will provide interpreters during parent workshops, and academic events. Translation is available for most documents.
- Transition Support: Entering a new school can be scary for both students and families. We will host events to make sure both you and your child are aware of what is expected and how you can prepare as your child transitions to a new school level, college, and career.
WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE SUCCESS
Minor Elementary will…
Provide learning opportunities for parents to help them support their child’s academic learning at home by:
- Offering workshops and schoolwide events that teach strategies to support the AKS at each grade level.
- Distributing take-home learning kits, tip sheets or resource lists available at each event. Books and learning games can also be checked out from the Parent Center throughout the school year.
- Sharing electronic resources through newsletters, our school websites, and links on My eCLASS to learning videos, practice games and other helpful websites that align with the AKS and their child’s specific needs.
Dr. Scott Frandsen 5/24/23
Principal’s Signature Date
As Students, we will…
Practice to improve our literacy skills by:
- Using strategies and materials our parents receive through workshops and schoolwide events.
- Using materials, home-learning kits and other resources from the Parent Center.
- Using electronic resources my parents share with me to practice literacy skills in fun and interesting ways.
As Families, we will…
Work together on literacy skills by:
- Attending parent workshops or schoolwide events to the extent possible. If we cannot attend, we can contact the PIC for resources from the event.
- Asking the teacher, PIC or visit the Parent Center for additional resources and materials to use at home.
- Contacting the PIC for additional tips and resources to target specific skills that my child’s teacher recommends.
Minor Elementary is committed to supporting our families with frequent two-way communication regarding their child's learning. Some of the methods we use include:
- Class Dojo
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Parent Portal
- My eCLASS
- Our school websites
- School Messenger
- Weekly eNewsletters
- Monthly printed newsletters
- Our school marquee
- Zoom sessions
- Phone conferences.
Parents and teachers may also utilize our school's Parent Instructional Coordinator (PIC) and Parent Outreach Liaison (POL) to help communicate with one another or clarify information.
If you need interpretation and/or translation services, please contact: Angélica Loper, (POL) Parent Outreach Liaison, Angelica.Loper@gcpsk12.org 678-380-3160
ACTIVITIES TO BUILD OUR PARTNERSHIP
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEEDBACK AND INVOLVEMENT:
- Volunteer Orientation Trainings
- Annual Title I Parent Meeting (fall)
- Title I Planning Meeting for 2023-2024 & Document Review (spring)
- Parent Surveys
- Parent Workshops
SCHOOLWIDE EVENTS FOR FAMILY LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT:
- Early Release/Fall Parent Conferences- 10/18/23 and 10/19/23
- Curriculum Night
- Literacy Night Fall Festival
- International Night
- Early Release/Spring Parent Conferences- 3/6/24 and 3/7/24
- STEAM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Title I is a federal program designed to support school reform efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students.
- Title I programs are based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support family engagement.
- The Title I Office reserves at least one percent of the district’s allocation to fund family and community engagement programs. The use of these funds is based on suggestions gathered at our spring Planning Meetings from families and community members. Funds are distributed equally to all our Title I schools.
- Childcare and/or transportation may be provided for meetings and school events.
Quality Practices, Revolutionary Results!
VISIT OUR FAMILY ENGAGEMENT CENTER
Learning games, books, and many other resources are available for families to checkout and use at home. We are available to help you find resources, navigate the Parent Portal and My eCLASS, connect with teachers, and learn about ways you can help your child at home.
If you are unable to visit in-person, we are available to conduct virtual sessions via Zoom. Materials for checkout can be requested and left at the front desk for parent pick up and drop off. For in-person learners, materials can also be sent home and returned with the child.
Location: 2nd grade hallway, room 1.102
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Please contact us for additional information about our Parent Center and resources available for checkout.
Anita Hutcheson (PIC) Parent Instructional Coordinator Anita.Hutcheson@gcpsk12.org 770-806-2227
Angélica Loper (POL) Parent Outreach Liaison (bilingual communication) Angelica.Loper@gcpsk12.ga.org 678-380-3160
We invite parents to volunteer, participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities.
- Teachers will notify parents of various opportunities to visit and participate in their child’s class activities.
- Parents can schedule a classroom observation by contacting their child’s teacher in advance.
- Please contact the PIC to learn more about our many other ways you can serve:
- Parent Center
- Learning Garden
- Ice Cream Sales